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Arben Merkoçi

Arben Merkoçi

Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia

Engineering Sciences

ICREA Research Professor and head of Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group at ICN2 (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia). He obtained his PhD at University of Tirana working on ion selective electrodes. Since 1992 he has been doing research as postdoctoral fellow and research professor at Polytechnic Univ. of Budapest, Univ. of Ioanina, Univ. degli Studi di Padua, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona and New Mexico State Univ. His research is focused on the integration of biological molecules and other species with micro- and nanostructures with interest for the design of novel (bio)sensors. He has published more than 330 articles and supervised 44 PhD thesis. He is co-founder of two spin-off companies, PaperDrop  dedicated to nanodiagnostics and GraphenicaLab to electronic printing. 

Research interests

a) Catalytic/carrier nanomaterials: nanoparticles as electrocatalysts, nanoparticles as biomolecule carriers, and nanowires/nanotubes for non-enzymatic and enzyme mimic sensors;

b) Nanomicrofluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies;

c) Paper- or nanopaper-based nanobiosensors;

d) Nanochannels: nanoporous membranes as electrical sensing platforms;

e) Graphene: biosensors based on graphene-related materials;

f) Nanomotors: self-propelled micro/nanomotors for biosensing and other Applications.

Selected publications

Merkoçi A 2021, ‘AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY Smart nanobiosensors in agriculture‘, Nature Food, 1-2

– Fuentes-Chust C, Parolo C, Rosati G, Rivas L, Perez-Toralla K, Simon S, de Lecuona I, Junot C, Trebicka J, Merkoci A 2021, ‘The Microbiome Meets Nanotechnology: Opportunities and Challenges in Developing New Diagnostic Devices‘, Advanced Materials, 2006104.

Merkoci A, Li C-Z, Lechuga LM, Ozcan A 2021, ‘COVID-19 biosensing technologies‘, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, 178, 113046.

– Sena-Torralba A, Alvarez-Diduk R, Parolo C, Torne-Morato H, Muller A, Merkoci A 2021, ‘Paper-Based Electrophoretic Bioassay: Biosensing in Whole Blood Operating via Smartphone‘, Analytical Chemistry, 93, 6, 3112 – 3121.

– Usha SP, Manoharan H, Deshmukh R, Alvarez-Diduk R, Calucho E, Sai VVR, Merkoci A 2021, ‘Attomolar analyte sensing techniques (AttoSens): a review on a decade of progress on chemical and biosensing nanoplatforms‘, Chemical Society Reviews, 50, 13012-13089

– Wong XY, Quesada-Gonzalez D, Manickam S, New SY, Muthoosamy K, Merkoci A 2021, ‘Integrating gold nanoclusters, folic acid and reduced graphene oxide for nanosensing of glutathione based on “turn-off” fluorescence‘, Scientific Reports, 11, 1, 2375.

– A. Idili, C. Parolo, R. Alvarez-Diduk, A. Merkoçi, 2021, “Rapid and efficient detection of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein using an electrochemical aptamer-based sensor”, ACS Sensors 6 (8), 3093-3101, 7

– M. Amin Farahmand Nejad, S. Ranjbar, C. Parolo, E. P. Nguyen, R. Álvarez-Diduk, M. Reza Hormozi-Nezhad, A. Merkoçi, 2021, “Electrochromism: An emerging and promising approach in (bio) sensing technology”, Materials Today 50, 476-498, 1

– Q. Yang, B. Nagar, R.Alvarez-Diduk, M. Balsells, A. Farinelli, D. Bloisi, L. Proia, C. Espinosa, M. Ordeix, T. Knutz, E. De Vito-Francesco, R. Allabashi, A. Merkoçi, 2021, “Development of a Heavy Metal Sensing Boat for Automatic Analysis in Natural Waters Utilizing Anodic Stripping Voltammetry”, ACS EST Water, 1, 12, 2470–2476

ICREA Memoir 2021